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Poster: patourkid Date: Nov 24, 2007 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'China Doll' --- anyone care to share their thoughts?

This song was originally titled "The Suicide Song" at least thats what " The Complete Annotated" book says. No reference where this name came from so I would be intrested to see who was quoted as calling it that. I also remember reading somewhere else that this song was about suicide, the other piece I remember reading went more into details. But i don't recall where it was that I read the other story.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Nov 24, 2007 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'China Doll' --- anyone care to share their thoughts?

I've heard or read that it's sort of about a person who thinks about suicide then decides against it. In terms of the music, it makes sense if you consider that most of the song is kind of dark and in minor chords and then for the last verse ("Take up your China Doll...) switches to a brighter, happier sound. I love this song.

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Poster: NebraskaJack Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'China Doll' --- anyone care to share their thoughts?

Interesting, I was just thinking about this last week. I think the China Doll is anything fragile i.e. life, relationship, society, sanity. Even when it's been dropped once and cracked a bit, it's still worth having and cherishing.